BILLERICA, Mass., June 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Conformis Inc. (NASDAQ:CFMS), a medical technology company that uses its proprietary iFit Image-to-Implant technology platform to develop, manufacture and sell patient specific joint replacement implants designed to fit each patient’s unique anatomy, today announced publication of a study showing that patients treated with the iTotal CR Knee Replacement Systems achieved better tibial fit and tibial rotational alignment compared to patients treated with three different off-the-shelf (OTS) total knee arthroscopy (TKA) products. Results of the study titled “In Vivo Tibial Fit and Rotational Analysis of a Customized, Patient-Specific TKA versus Off-the-Shelf TKA” were presented in the May 2018 issue of The Journal of Knee Surgery, a leading peer-reviewed orthopedic journal.
The study, which was conducted jointly by Greg Martin, MD in Boynton Beach, Florida and Lennart Schroeder, MD candidate Julius-Maximilians-Universitaet Wuerzburg, Germany, intraoperatively compared component fit in four tibial zones. The Conformis iTotal CR implant system and three OTS cruciate retaining TKA products including Biomet Vanguard, Zimmer NexGen and DePuy Sigma were evaluated intraoperatively in a total of 44 knees. Each implant system was evaluated intraoperatively on the same 44 knees to compare each brand’s optimal tibial fit. Component rotation was then evaluated post operation using CT-based imaging converted into computer aided design (CAD) models. Using these models, simulated surgery was performed with the OTS TKAs.
“One of the compromises and decisions we surgeons often need to make intraoperatively is the best method to achieve an optimal “fit” for the patient while maintaining proper rotational alignment,” says board certified, fellowship trained hip and knee surgeon, Gregory Martin, MD. “The real benefit that I’ve found using Conformis implants is that this compromise is completely obviated. The implants fit precisely as designed with the in-built rotation, and enough relief to allow me to fine tune my rotation based on the specific patient’s anatomy. This is borne out in our results.”
The surgeon placed all implants with proper rotational alignment and the results of this study show: 37% of OTS knees showed >3mm under-coverage compared to 18% of Conformis iTotal and 18% of OTS had an overhang of >3mm compared to 0% for iTotal. In previous studies1, component overhang of greater than 3mm was linked to significantly higher post-operative pain. Additionally, when the same 44 knees were positioned for optimal fit, 45% of OTS knees had rotational errors of >5 degrees and 4% had >10 degrees. Excessive internal tibial component rotation has been found to be one of the leading factors of residual pain in TKR and can be a source of functional deficit2. No rotational deviation was observed with the Conformis iTotal implants, which are pre-aligned rotationally to match the patient’s unique anatomy.
“This is the first study to evaluate both the fit of the tibial tray and rotation of our patient-specific designed implants compared with off-the-shelf implants,” said Mark Augusti, chief executive officer and president of Conformis. “We often hear from surgeons that when they use off-the-shelf implants they need to compromise either on fit or rotation in the operating room. The results of this new study demonstrate that the Conformis iTotal CR can help surgeons address both issues at the same time. This study adds to the growing body of evidence that the Conformis iTotal CR can lead to better outcomes for patients.”